The bulk of the Charles Lummis Photographs are of Peru, Native
Americans in New Mexico, central Mexico, the San Fernando Mission in California, and
portraits of friends and acquaintances of Lummis.
Lummis, Charles Fletcher (1 Mar. 1859-25 Nov. 1928), author, editor, and explorer was a
lifetime supporter of Native American culture and worked to preserve national landmarks
such as the California missions. Lummis is known for numerous undertakings, including
city editor of the Daily Times, chief librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library,
editor of Land of Sunshine (later retitled Out West), and founder of the Southwest
Museum. Charles Lummis was also an avid and prolific photographer, documenting his
travels across the Southwest and trips south of the American border. His most commonly
printed cyanotypes, a process that was relatively portable and easy to do. Many of his
photographs regularly appeared in Land of Sunshine and Out West.